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3:48 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sentencing reset for men in Arizona wildfire case

The sentencing hearing for two cousins charged with accidentally causing the largest wildfire in Arizona history has been reset.

Caleb Malboeuf and David Malboeuf were scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Flagstaff.

Defense attorneys say they need more time to prepare arguments in support of probation with substantial community service.

The Malboeufs each face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. The new sentencing date is Aug. 22.

The men were camping in eastern Arizona's Apache Sitgreaves National Forest last May when their campfire spread outside its rings, sparking the Wallow Fire. The blaze burned more than 538,000 acres in Arizona and parts of western New Mexico before it was fully contained.

The cousins admitted to building a campfire without clearing flammable material and leaving it unattended.